In addition to the services that NTS-AT provides to manufacturers and utilities in terms of certification and testing, NTS-AT has also developed a custom test harness used to perform validation and testing of ZigBee Smart Energy devices. NTS-AT’s test harness (SETest) is based on the latest version of the ZigBee Smart Energy profile specification (version Continue reading →

The latest version of the ZigBee Smart Energy application profile, ZigBee Smart Energy 1.1b, certification testing is now available at NTS Advanced Technology. The ZigBee Smart Energy profile is the protocol of choice for smart meters and other smart grid devices, such as in-home displays and smart appliances. Contact NTS-AT today to find out how Continue reading →

NTS-AT, a diversified engineering services company providing smart grid product testing, will be attending DistribuTECH in San Diego later this month (January 29th to 31st). If you’re interested in discussing how we can help your company in testing or certification of Smart Grid/Smart Energy devices (such as smart thermostats, in-home displays, and smart meters), please email us at smartgrid@nts.com and we can setup Continue reading →

20. December 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Blog, News · Tags: , , , ,

National Technical Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: NTSC) (NTS), a leading provider of testing and engineering services, announced today that it successfully completed testing of all of the “Golden Units” for the enhanced ZigBee 2012 specification. These “Golden Units” are ideal examples of this ZigBee specification, and serve as the devices by which all future ZigBee Compliant Continue reading →

01. August 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Blog · Tags: , , ,

When utilities are considering deploying ZigBee meters and HAN devices, the question often arises: “If I’m working with ZigBee certified devices, doesn’t that guarantee that they will work out of the box? Why do I need any more testing?” Testing mitigates the risks involved with problems beyond the scope of the specifications. NTS is the Continue reading →

Freescale Semiconductor and Qualcomm Atheros collaborate to demonstrate home energy management using the Smart Energy Profile 2.0 over Wi-Fi, ethernet and the homePlug Green PHY (HomePlug GP) standard. The Smart Energy 2.0 standard is currently under development in cooperation with a number of other standards development groups. It will offer an IP-based energy management solution Continue reading →

08. October 2011 · Comments Off · Categories: News · Tags: , ,

Enecsys Limited has teamed with Ember to bring wireless ZigBee communications to roof-top solar photovoltaic (PV) systems so that households and businesses can better monitor and optimize their systems’ performance. via Enecsys Selects Ember’s ZigBee Technology to Help Optimize Solar PV System Performance – MarketWatch.

Freescale Semiconductor FSL -2.26% announced that it is collaborating with Qualcomm Atheros to demonstrate home energy management using the Smart Energy Profile 2.0 over Wi-Fi, Ethernet and HomePlug(R) Green PHY (HomePlug GP) standard. The technology was demonstrated at the Metering, Billing/CRM Europe event this week. via Freescale Collaborates with Qualcomm Atheros to Advance Home Energy Continue reading →

01. September 2011 · Comments Off · Categories: News · Tags: ,

The ZigBee® Alliance, a global ecosystem of companies creating wireless solutions for use in energy management, commercial and consumer applications, today announced it has certified 341 ZigBee Certified products. This growth is more than 80 percent over last year’s 187 ZigBee Certified products. via ZigBee Alliance Passes 300 ZigBee Certified Products Milestone — SAN RAMON, Continue reading →

25. August 2011 · Comments Off · Categories: News · Tags: , , ,

Operating in the 2.4 GHz frequency that can be used almost anywhere, the ZigBee wireless protocol provides a low-cost, low-power mesh network ideal for green and global embedded applications such as smart energy and smart home initiatives. Øyvind shares an overview of ZigBee specifications and implementation requirements for ensuring device interoperability. via Smart energy apps Continue reading →

19. August 2011 · Comments Off · Categories: News · Tags: ,

ZigBee wireless networking technology is powering the smart grid revolution, and there are a couple of recent press mentions that cement this point. One is the recent announcement of the new Consortium for SEP2 Interoperability, the other is a prediction from InStat, a major market analysis firm, that the smart meter space will take off Continue reading →

19. August 2011 · Comments Off · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

The ZigBee Alliance says that its Smart Energy Profile version 2.0 draft 0.7 has been approved unanimously in the latest Smart Energy Working Group (SEWG) letter ballot. According to the alliance, this vote is a major milestone in the completion of the Smart Energy 2.0 standard and keeps it on schedule. via Renew Grid: Content Continue reading →

17. August 2011 · Comments Off · Categories: News · Tags: ,

The ZigBee® Alliance, a global ecosystem of organizations creating wireless solutions for use in energy management, residential, commercial and consumer applications, today announced the Smart Energy Profile version 2.0 draft 0.7 was unanimously approved in the latest Smart Energy Working Group letter ballot.  This successful vote is a major milestone in the completion of the Continue reading →

11. August 2011 · Comments Off · Categories: News · Tags: ,

Smart meters, while still arguably a nascent phenomenon in the utility market, has some global legs in it, argues a new In-Stat report. Initially cited as a way to record and read a consumer’s electrical, gas or water usage, the smart meter has a number of other functions that In-Stat forecasts the market will surpass Continue reading →

09. August 2011 · Comments Off · Categories: News · Tags: ,

Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI), the industry leader in highly integrated connectivity solutions and a Promoter member of the ZigBee Alliance, recently announced that it achieved ZigBee Certified status for its ZigBee Smart Energy 1.1 standard implementation, recently introduced by the ZigBee Alliance. TI is pleased to announce the availability of its new Z-Stack 2.5.0 with Continue reading →

08. August 2011 · Comments Off · Categories: News · Tags: , , , , , ,

The HomePlug Alliance, Wi-Fi Alliance, HomeGrid Forum and ZigBee Alliance have agreed to create a Consortium for SEP 2 Interoperability. The new consortium is intended to enable organizations whose technologies support communications over Internet Protocol (IP) to certify SEP 2 according to a consistent test plan. Recognizing that the vision of interoperable SEP 2 devices Continue reading →

01. August 2011 · Comments Off · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

National Technical Systems, Inc. (NTS) announced that it is the first lab that has been qualified by the ZigBee Alliance to offer certification testing of the enhanced version of ZigBee Smart Energy version 1.1 standard. Additionally, NTS has also released an update to its ZigBee Smart Energy test harness – NTS SETest 1.1 – designed Continue reading →

27. July 2011 · Comments Off · Categories: News · Tags: ,

The updated ZigBee Smart Energy version 1, the first and only widely available Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) standard, is now available for product development and public download. ZigBee Smart Energy version 1.1 has been enhanced with several new features including dynamic pricing enhancements, tunneling of other protocols, prepayment features, over-the-air updates and backwards compatibility with Continue reading →

26. July 2011 · Comments Off · Categories: News · Tags: , ,

What is ZigBee Smart Energy 1.1 and what functionality does it add? ZigBee Smart Energy 1.1 is an incremental release of the ZigBee Smart Energy standard. ZigBee Smart Energy 1.1 adds two categories of features, the first introduces new optional functionality, including: Block tariffs (inclining/declining block rates) Meter swap outs Tunneling of manufacturer specific protocols Continue reading →

20. July 2011 · Comments Off · Categories: News · Tags: , , ,

The ZigBee® Alliance, a global ecosystem of organizations creating wireless solutions for use in energy management, residential, commercial and consumer applications, today announced that an update to ZigBee Smart Energy™ version 1, the first and only widely available Advanced Metering Infrastructure standard, is now available for product development and public download. via New ZigBee Smart Continue reading →

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